I was quite late in discovering slow - stitching; but since then, I've found myself a bit obsessed with hunting for vintage fabrics, especially antique linens and laces. Now that I have built up a little collection, I can start to create collage projects by grouping together like colours and textures.
I found slow - stitching described as:
Slow stitching is a new art form built on old traditions. The movement was originally spearheaded by Mark Lipinksi, one of the quilting industry's most well-known figures.
Slow stitching is a craft where modern creativity meets ancient practices; a craft that's about the journey, not the destination. Slow stitching isn't about mending or making garments from a pattern. Neither is it about working towards a goal or a timeframe.
Slow stitching is about using the needle and thread in the same way you'd use a paintbrush. It's about creating art, about enjoying the process rather than worrying about the product.
Basically, slow stitching is about taking a step back from the busy, chaotic world we live in. It's about appreciating the moment, about taking a few deep breaths and relaxing. In other words, it's about mindfulness.
Doesn't that sound wonderful? An art practice that is relaxing - not stressful, more concerned with exploration - rather than fixed goals, focused on peaceful enjoyment - not rules, or complicated expectations. As well as, low investment! You can pick up a few fabrics at your local thrift store, and some basic trims, needles and embroidery thread at your local craft store.
If you love fabrics and sewing, I highly recommend you try your hand!
I selected various pieces of coordinating vintage fabric pieces, then starting with a sort of base piece of fabric, I layered on different pieces and swatches of fabrics and trims, and once I liked the arrangement, I hand sewed them all together using some very simple embroidery stitches.
Here are some more photos of my journal signatures.
Love, Lisa xoxoxo